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Poster: Fact_Checker Date: Sep 1, 2009 4:10pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Public domain question (effect of Government contract)

Those interested in understanding this argument should read the text of section 105 of the Copyright Act. It's a short section. Section 105 makes clear that the U.S. Government can't get copyright on its own work, yet a work made by others doesn't lose copyright simply because the government acquires it, contracts for some use of it, receives copies of it, or becomes an assignee of it.

True, PBS is a government-chartered entity. However, when an outside producer (a production company, for instance) leases its productions to PBS, the contract doesn't result in a loss of copyright.